Two very common pantry pests that we have here in NEPA are the cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) and the drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum).
Each time I go along my driveway, I pass a stately large Fraser Fir that is a reminder of the first Christmas spent in our new home. The tree was only 4 ½ feet high when planted, but throughout the years has become a featured specimen in our landscape. If this is something you think you would enjoy, a little planning ahead will help ensure success and is well worth the effort.
Thankfully, 2013 was a much better year for gardeners than the previous one.
I won’t lie. I am a plant addict. I want every plant. On my small patch of land there are many native plants, but also a plethora of plants from around the world. What I do is make sure that the balance leans towards the North American trees, shrubs and perennials. It is the only way to be responsible and help the “wild kingdom” that was here long before I came along.
You may be longing for the seasonal rest a gardener deserves when the garden is put to bed for its long winter’s nap. However, there are a few things you can do to help those long, dark days of winter pass by. A walk through the garden adorned with bows, evergreens, berries, pine cones, and unusual bark, whether real or artificial, reveals some of its more subtle beauty.
Now that our gardens have been put to bed, it is time to think of some things to do to brighten the shortened days of the cold season.
Save gallon jugs this winter for watering plants.
Composting isn’t just for the benefit of gardeners.
We should always clean garden tools after use and dry them before storing in a sheltered location...
Solidago is a huge hit in the European garden for its late yellow/gold color. It is sad that we do not appreciate our native goldenrod as a plant of interest. The entire species would need a whole book to cover the different types of flowers. Today, cultivars have “improved” on nature to satisfy our need for order, and Solidaga ‘Fireworks’ comes to mind as a real show stoppe r in the autumn garden.
Their bright orange color is a dead giveaway that pumpkins are loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids of which some is converted to vitamin A in the body. The remaining Beta–carotene is used as an antioxidant, which protects the body against disease.
The first session of a Growing Stronger Exercise Program (Strong Women/Strong Men) will be held on October 22, 4:45 – 5:45 PM, at the Pike County Administration Bldg., 506 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.
Everyone relishes the rich colors of autumn leaves: bright reds, lavish yellows, and vibrant oranges...
Below are some gardening reminders to do this Fall...
The review of subdivisions and land developments is an important part of local municipal planning commissions, which impacts how our communities look. Penn State Extension, as part of the PA Municipal Planning Education Institute, will be conducting a Course in Subdivision & Land Development on October 15, 22 and 29, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM at the Monroe County Extension office, 724 Phillips St., Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360.
Here is a fun way to use autumn leaves for decorations...
Daffodils are easy to grow, deer resistant, and their bright colors in early spring chase away winter’s gloom.